Malema’s top bodyguard accused of plotting R4m fake armed heist

2011-04-16 18:50

Julius Malema’s Durban-based chief bodyguard has been accused of conspiring to commit a cash-in-transit robbery and is standing trial.

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) spokesman Floyd Shivambu said, however, he could not comment on the case.

“There is nothing political about that. We discuss politics in the league,” Shivambu said.

Captain Shane Smith from Durban’s organised crime unit said Adriaan Snyman and his associate, who worked for SBV Services at the time, allegedly planned to stage an armed robbery in which R4 million was to have been stolen, The Citizen reported yesterday.

“I do not want to convict the man in the media, but he is facing very serious charges and if he is convicted he faces 15 or more years in jail,” Smith said.

“If convicted, he would be prevented from working in the security industry and would not be allowed firearm licences.”

Snyman and his associate ­allegedly approached two Bluff police officers to help them in the robbery, but “after getting cold feet” one of the officers ­informed SBV of the plan.

Smith said the proposed robbery was going to be a simple organised handover, after which a false case of armed ­robbery would be opened. The guards were going to claim they had been robbed at gunpoint.

Snyman would not confirm the story and referred queries to his attorney, Yvette Calitz, who could not be contacted.

He was in the news this week after he commanded the posse of gun-toting bodyguards protecting ANCYL president Malema at the Equality Court in Johannesburg.

Malema is facing a hate-speech charge brought against him by Afriforum for his continued singing of the struggle song, Shoot the Boer.

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